The preferred width for the table is specified with the <w:tblW> element within the <w:tblPr> element. All widths in a table are considered preferred because widths of columns can conflict and the table layout rules can require a preference to be overridden. If this element is omitted, then the cell width is of type auto.
The examples below specify the same width (<w:tblW w:type="dxa" w:w="2880"/>), with varying content to show the effect on the table width.
The attributes are:
|w||Specifies the value of the preferred width of the table. If omitted, the value is assumed to be zero.
Note: The 2006 version of the OOXML standard specified that the value was to be a decimal. When type="pct", the value was interpretted as fifths of a percent, so 4975=99.5%, and no % symbol was included in the attribute. In the 2011 version the value can be either a decimal or a percent, so a % symbol should be included when type="pct".
|type||Specifies the units of the width (w) property.
Possible values are:
The width of the table is set with the style:width attribute on the <style:table-properties> element for the style applied to the table. A value is a positive number.
There is also a style:rel-width attribute which specifies the width of the table relative to the width of the area that the table is in. A value is a percent.
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